In her statement, the President outlines that the High Court is now in a position to resume work across all divisions including the hearing of proceedings requiring oral testimony. She states that members of the High Court will sit in September to hear applications that were postponed due to COVID-19.
However, she outlines that to preserve courtrooms for cases, which can only be dealt with by physical hearing, all cases, which can be dealt with without oral evidence, should be dealt with remotely. The President notes that it is hoped that by the start of October 2020, all High Court courtrooms will be capable of being used for either physical or remote hearings.
The President goes on to provide details as to how these changes will effect each of the High Court lists. In the Commercial List, the President outlines that a judge will be available each day in August for urgent matters and also in September. There will be two Commercial motion lists in August (11 and 25 of August 2020) and five Commercial motion lists in September (1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 of September 2020) (all Tuesdays and all to be heard remotely).
The full statement from the President can be found here.
Written by Noreen McGovern and Rosie Callan
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